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  • Mario Badescu Skin Care Mario Badescu Flower & Tonic Mask

    This product, the Flower & Tonic Mask from Mario Badescu, was just what I needed yesterday. I had requested a sample package from them a while ago, just got it yesterday, and was pleasantly surprised at the multitude of products I received samples of. I couldnt wait to use it! The last few days my skin had been feeling super congested, as well as dry and flaky. I was a little worried that doing a mask would suck too much moisture out of my face, but given the bumps and gunk I felt building up, I decided the risk was worth it. Besides, it’s Mario Badescu – this stuff is amazing! I decided to use all the products I got and have a sample-spa-at-home day! After using the enzyme cleanser, aloe lotion, and strawberry scrub, I slathered on the Flower and Tonic Mask. The first thing that struck me was how nice it smelled. The aroma is very clean and organic, with a nice green herbal undertone. Applying it to my face was super easy, it had just the right amount of slip to spread it easily and yet it did not feel slimy at all. It isn’t super thick, so I did have to add a bit extra here and there to really get a good coat on the areas I wanted deep cleansing action. It started to dry very quickly, which is another thing I liked. How many times have you put on a mask and 20 minutes later it still doesn’t feel like it’s dry??? I swear I could feel the clay pulling crap out of my face as it dried. After a good 12 minutes (I was impatient and could not wait the whole 20 minutes they recommend), I rinsed it off. Here’s my only complaint: for some reason, this seems to happen with all masks for me, it doesn’t fully pull the gunk out of my face. I feel like the mask actually gets deep into the pores and pulls stuff up to the surface, but then it doesn’t come out. So tonight I’m going to do a mild glycolic acid peel and some light exfoliation, hopefully that will get rid of the crud surface. But that aside, overall I really liked this!

    July 25, 2012

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  • Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion Smooth Vitality Shampoo

    I recently started using Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion Smooth Vitality Shampoo after getting it for free with coupons and ECB from CVS (gotta love that!) and I love this shampoo! The smell is very nice, it is similar to the instantly recognizable Pantene smell we know so well, but there are also some fresh green undertones that smell very organic. Which makes sense, since it is part of this new line that’s supposed to be better for the earth since Pantene states that they “come in bottles made with up to 59% plant-based plastic”. Great idea! When I first bought this, I was torn between Moisture Balance and Smooth Vitality, especially since after I read all the ingredients they both looked about the same! But I went with Smooth Vitality because my hair seems like it’s been dry and brittle lately, probably because of the winter and lack of natural humidity in the air. Just so you understand, the way I take care of my hair might be a little different than most, so I’ll explain: the first thing I do is put conditioner in my hair, and let it sit in my hair and scalp for the duration of my shower while I wash up, shave, exfoliate, etc. Then after all that, I comb the conditioner through with a wide-toothed comb and then rinse it out as thoroughly as I can. THEN and only then will I apply shampoo. After that I rinse with ACV, and then rinse that out with cool water. Basically what I get with this method is a deep condition almost every time, which leaves my hair super silky and soft. And since I only wash my hair 2-3 times a week, I don’t get any build up. This shampoo rinses very clean, and left my hair feeling smooth instantly! Even though I continue to heat-style it (blow drying and occasional hot curling iron use), the texture seems to be getting softer and smoother each time, and it is getting back the shine I was missing before. I do like that it doesn’t leave a super strong aroma like some of the classic Pantene formulas do, just leaves it smelling fresh and clean. I am going to deduct one star only on account of the fact that I've only used it twice, so I'm not sure how it will do in the long term. But overall so far, I’m very happy with this, and plan to keep using it!

    March 7, 2012

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  • Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion Smooth Vitality Conditioner

    I just started using Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion Smooth Vitality Conditioner after getting it for free with coupons and ECB from CVS (love that program!) and I love it! The smell is really nice, it has a touch of that identifiable Pantene aroma we’re so familiar with, but then there are some fresh notes that smell very organic and, well, green. I guess that’s intentional right? *wink* After all, it is part of this new line that’s supposed to be better for the earth since Pantene states that they “come in bottles made with up to 59% plant-based plastic”. I like it! When I first went to buy this, I was really torn between the Moisture Balance and Smooth Vitality, especially since upon inspecting the ingredients they both looked about the same! But I went with Smooth Vitality because my hair has been feeling a little dry lately, with winter and all. I couldn’t wait to try it! My method of in-shower hair care might be a little different than most, so I’ll explain: the first thing I do is put conditioner in my hair. GASP… yes, that’s what I said *grin* I do the conditioner first, (I also sometimes mix it with a homemade concoction of coconut oil and honey, but that’s another story), and let it sit in my hair and scalp for the duration of my shower while I wash up, shave, exfoliate, etc. Then after all that, I comb the conditioner through with a wide-toothed comb and then rinse it out as thoroughly as I can. THEN and only then will I apply shampoo. After that I rinse with ACV, and then rinse that out with cool water. Basically what I get with this method is a deep condition almost every time, which leaves my hair super silky and soft. And since I only wash my hair 2-3 times a week, I don’t get any build up. This conditioner definitely had some major smoothing action on my hair, even though I continue to heat-style it (blow drying and occasional hot curling iron use), the texture seems to be getting softer and smoother each time, and it is getting back the shine I was missing before. I do like that it doesn’t leave a super strong aroma like some of the classic Pantene formulas do, just leaves it smelling fresh and clean. The only reason I'm not giving this a full 10 stars is that I haven't used it for long yet, so I'm not sure what the long term results will be. I've only used it twice. But so far I’m very happy with this, and plan to keep using it!

    March 7, 2012

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  • Aussie Stylers Heat Protecting Shine Spray
    6.0

    Aussie Stylers Heat Protecting Shine Spray

    this shine spray doesn't shine that much

    The reason I recently started using Aussie Heat Protecting Shine Spray was because I had run out of the Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Protective Spray I was using before and, together with some coupons and ExtraCare Bucks at CVS, it was free. I really loved the Tresemme so I’m trying not to be too harsh on this product as it does work well but… the spray nozzle was far too much of a squirt or a stream, instead of a mist, so I actually replaced it with the spray nozzle from my Tresemme bottle which works much better for even application. The smell is ok, not fabulous, but not terrible either. It doesn’t linger though, so that’s good. I always use it if I’m styling with heat (blow drying, curling, etc) and it does make my hair feel soft and leaves a nice shine without any greasy build up or heavy feeling. As far as controlling frizz and flyaways it does a nice job, which is essential for hair like mine – a thick head of fine strands that like to get wavy and wonky! While I’m not sure if it’s actually protecting my hair from heat damage, I suppose that might be hard to determine with any product that is intended for that purpose. Or at least not for several months of heat styling when you end up with horribly dry damaged hair! I think the price was totally reasonable, it’s about $3.99 near me and as much as I use it, it should still last me quite a while. I’m not raving about it, but I do at least like it enough to keep using it… or at least until Tresemme goes on sale and then I’ll probably switch and save this as a backup for when I run out! I'll give it 6 stars because, while I don't love it or hate it, it at least does the job I expect it to.

    March 7, 2012

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  • CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Mascara
    10.0

    CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Mascara

    a serious blast of lash power

    I love CoverGirl LashBlast Volume!!! Can I say it again? I LOVE THIS STUFF! Ok maybe I’m not a haute-brand-super-expensive cosmetic guru, I’m really more of a CVS-Target-sometimes-diyer… so the fact that this stuff is inexpensive AND does the job really impresses me. I love the fat brush, I love the tiny bristles and how they are perfect for getting those hard-to-find inner eye lashes, and I love the colors. “Blackest Black” is just that, great for the smoky eye and night-time looks, and black brown is a nice charcoal-ish chocolate; subtle enough to almost look natural during the day yet just dark enough to be noticeable. I have fair skin and strawberry blond hair, so if I don’t wear mascara my eyes look naked and I like them to POP. This does it all! The length, curl, and volume I can achieve with this product is fantastic. I will say, I really do think a big part of it is the application. Honestly, you can achieve somewhat comparable results with sub-par mascara, it just takes a lot more work. So my method is as follows: Coat 1: Start at the outer corner of the upper lash line – place the brush under the lashes as close to the lid as you can get, and rotate the wand away from your eye so that it is rolling in a forward motion with the top of the wand moving downward and away from you, as you sweep it slowly up toward the end of your lashes. Continue this motion along the lash line working toward the inner eye. Coat 2: Place the wand again at the outer corner of the upper lash line above the lashes this time, (no need to recoat the brush just yet), and roll the wand in the opposite direction so that now the top of the wand rotates back toward you. Optional: Use the small tip of the brush to catch any stray lashes at the inner corner of the eye that may have been missed, and separate any clumped lashes with a lash comb. Be careful not to use the comb too much though, as it can pull off much of the volume you’ve built up with the 2nd coat. Before moving on to the other eye, insert the brush into the container and TWIST it inside to gather up more mascara. DON’T pump it up and down, that will dry out your mascara faster! Overall, I love this mascara, and will probably continue using it as long as it is made!

    March 7, 2012

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  • Suave Professionals Captivating Curls Cream Mousse

    I first decided to use Suave Professionals Captivating Curls Cream Mousse when I had a coupon for any free product from the Suave Professionals line. Nice right? I originally wanted to try out the heat protector as that is what I had just run out of (in another brand) but the store I went to was out of it. I have naturally wavy hair that will get a little curly with some help (Garnier Fructis Curl Crème is my fave for that!) so maybe that’s where the fault lies, I’m not sure. I did the normal shampoo and condition routine, then towel dried my hair. I applied a small amount at first, scrunching it into the ends of my hair, and added a little at a time until I had scrunched it into almost all my hair. My hair is almost to mid-back, so it’s pretty long, so I’m pretty sure I didn’t use too much, but I could be wrong. In any case, I immediately didn’t like the feel of it. Very waxy and sticky. As I blow-dried my hair and scrunched it, I noticed that the stickiness didn’t go away. My hair didn’t have any more curl to it than it would have had I let it air-dry completely bare so that was disappointing. It also made my hair feel very heavy and dull, had no shine, and seemed to make my hair look greasy as if I had never even washed it. On the plus side, it didn’t get crunchy or hard like some mousses tend to do. It didn’t feel super soft, but at least it was flexible. I ended up washing it out the next day. Overall I’m not impressed with this product. I’ve tried it a few different times with different methods, and haven’t found a way to make it work for me. Maybe it works great for gals with naturally curly hair, but not as a wave-to-curl booster, that’s for sure!

    March 7, 2012

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  • Max Factor Lasting Performance Liquid Makeup
    7.0

    Max Factor Lasting Performance Liquid Makeup

    great coverage, super lasting

    This is my go-to for those super red/irritated/broken out days. I have pretty extreme acne at times but this covers it phenomenally, and doesn't feel as greasy or heavy as some others do.

    May 3, 2011

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  • CoverGirl Clean Liquid Makeup, Sensitive Skin

    This has been my standard go-to foundation for a long time. I have tried many, but always come back to this one. I remember when they first started customizing it for oil and sensitive skin, I was ecstatic. It's light, offers just enough coverage when I'm broken out to even my skin tone without making the irritation worse, and never looks caked on. I love it! The only complaint I would have is that it is only sheer coverage, so on most days I still need to use concealer and/or mineral powder in addition. But then if it were heavier I probably wouldn't like it as much :P

    May 3, 2011

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  • CoverGirl NatureLuxe Silk Foundation

    This is one of my favorite new foundations. The scent is the first thing I noticed - it's light, clean, and refreshing. When applying it (I use my fingers exclusively, as I typically need heavier coverage due to red/irritated/blotchy skin) I immediately noticed that it has a smooth, silky consistency and feels almost cool on my skin. It offers medium coverage, which for me wasn't quite enough, so I still added the usual L'Oreal Bare Minerals powder over it, but I was very happy with it overall. I am thinking about buying this next time I need liquid foundation, which is huge for me - I've been loyal to CoverGirl Clean for almost my entire life!

    May 3, 2011

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  • L'Oreal Paris True Match Naturale Mineral Foundation
    9.0

    L'Oreal Paris True Match Naturale Mineral Foundation

    This is my favorite powder ever!

    This powder is amazing. I love that it covers like a foundation, yet feels light and airy on my skin, and I especially love that I can apply as much or as little as I need. I also love that even if I accidentally buy the wrong shade as long as it's only one off, it's not completely horrible and I can usually work with it. I use a kabuki brush I got from a trial of Bare Minerals (too expensive) for general application, and a flat dome tipped concealer brush for applying a little as concealer. I will never use anything else! (unless I master making my own mineral makeup from scratch). I have found that if my skin is dry it can tend to enhance the dryness and sometimes settles into wrinkles slightly, but since I switched from using commercial lotions to pure olive oil and coconut oil on my face I haven't had this problem. Also, I do use a sheer liquid foundation first, then set it with talc powder (baby powder works fine), and then apply this last so that it has a smoother surface to set on and that seems to work great for me.

    May 3, 2011

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